Tag Archives: Folktales

Grateful for Becky’s audiobook of Grandmother Moon!

I just finished listening to Grandmother Moon and Other Mother Stories: GrandmotherMoon1Book One on my phone. It is the audiobook by Becky Parker Geist of Pro Audio Voices. Becky is not only a business partner but a friend. Listening to the Grandmother Moon audio book on my iPhone I was flooded with gratitude. Becky has done such a beautiful job with all the character voices, and music and sound effects. It really makes the stories fun to listen to, and I really like having them on my phone. There is an audio sample at Becky’s website. The stories are for children 4 and up.

http://proaudiovoices.com/product/grandmother-moon-mother-stories-book/

This whole project has been a labor of love with the focus on having fun creating stories that celebrate mothers and children. Becky and I hold a vision that these stories will contribute to that special bonding time that mothers and children share, full of warm hugs and giggles.

Here’s a little about the stories on Book One:

Grandmother Moon and Other Mother Stories: Book One offers traditional and new original folktales that explore the love, joy and challenges between mothers and children. Perfect for mothers and children to read aloud, or you can listen to the audiobook by Becky Parker.

“Epaminondas,” a traditional folktale told to Becky Parker Geist by her mother, is about a boy who tries so hard to please his mother, but can’t seem to get it right. “Grandmother Moon and the Homeless Child” is a touching story about searching for home. A little blue bird and a rock child play major roles in “Abuela and the Rock People.” And Louisa-May’s mischievous little sister Angel causes trouble in “Mama, Angel and the Tree Dragon.” In “Strawberry Moon,” Mother Moon helps her daughter express herself colorfully.

“The stories are clear, dramatic, inviting and delicious. I love them. This is marvelous work! Bravo!” — Jay O’Callahan, Storyteller. National Endowment of the Arts recipient. Lifetime Achievement Award National Storytelling Network, Commissioned by NASA to create and perform a story in honor of NASA’s fiftieth anniversary

“A delightful collection of lovingly told and affirming stories filled with timeless magical transformations and a traditional humorous folktale — all addressing the mother-child relationship.” — Ruth Stotter, Past Chairman, American Folklore Society Aesop Committee; Former Director, Dominican University (California) Certificate-in-Storytelling Program

Copyright © 2014, Vlatka Herzberg, all rights reserved. You may not reproduce materials without permission from Vlatka Herzberg.

Becky Parker Geist: http://proaudiovoices.com/

Illustration by Natasha Tasiyana Kolida: http://www.tasiyana.com/

Design by Andy Parker: http://andyparkerdesign.com/

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Grandmother Moon and Other Mother Stories: A Little Preorder Story

GrandmotherMoonHalo1Vlatka Herzberg and Becky Parker Geist were trying to decide when to introduce Grandmother Moon to you. People asked us, “Why did Grandmother Moon and Other Mother Stories: Book One not come out sooner? We were hoping she would make her debut as a Harvest Moon.”

And here’s what happened. It all started when Vlatka and Becky were trying to decide on a launch date for their book. They spoke with Grandmother Moon:

“Grandmother Moon, how about we release your stories in September?” suggested Vlatka.

“That’s a great idea,” said Becky, “You could debut as a Harvest Moon!”

“A Harvest Moon is known for introducing a procession of moonlit nights. I love introductions and I so love a procession, but after many nights I might be too sleepy to greet people. A Harvest Moon for my debut? That will never do!” exclaimed Grandmother Moon.

“How about a Winter Moon?” asked Vlatka.

“A Winter Moon?” wondered Grandmother Moon.

“A Winter Moon will crown you with a halo, a halo for an angel of a moon,” said Becky.

“A Winter Moon complete with a halo? It might inspire others to remember their light. Yes, a Winter Moon! That will do nicely!” exclaimed Grandmother Moon.

And so it is that Vlatka and Becky, with Grandmother Moon’s help, decided to launch Grandmother Moon and Other Mother Stories: Book One on December 6th, 2014.

This story reminded Grandmother Moon of a story about how her mother helped her express more of her true colors. Read all about it in Strawberry Moon, one of the new folk stories in Grandmother Moon and Other Mother Stories: Book One now available for preorder at:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00Q44R6SU

Copyright © 2014, Vlatka Herzberg, all rights reserved. You may not reproduce materials without permission from Vlatka Herzberg.

Photo art © 2014, Theodore Herzberg and Natasha Tasiyana Kolida

What’s a Grandmother Moon? And… Announcing Preorders of Grandmother Moon eBook!

FullMoonEclipseVlatkaBlogMany Native American Indians call the moon Grandmother Moon. To me personally, it is a sign of respect, a reverence for nature and the wisdom of nature. It is an expression of living an enchanted life and knowing that everyone and everything is connected, including animals and plants.

Calling the moon Grandmother is a way of showing respect and honoring the oneness with nature. I think of Grandmother Moon as representing the feminine, intuition, wisdom, dreaming and perceiving. When I call the moon Grandmother I treat her like I would an elder or wise Old One. I believe whenever we show reverence to nature we come into deeper harmony and balance with ourselves.

I have enjoyed reading many fairy tales, folktales and myths over the years and have especially loved making up my own stories, influenced by my personal relationship with nature. I have always resonated with Native American Folk Tales because of the kinship between nature and people. I think these kinds of stories help us to remember more of who we are and more of who we can be.

There are two Grandmother Moon stories written by me in Grandmother Moon and Other Mother Stories: Book One. Becky Parker Geist and I are thrilled to announce that this first eBook in the Grandmother Moon Series is now available for preorder at:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00Q44R6SU

Copyright © 2014, Vlatka Herzberg, all rights reserved. You may not reproduce materials without permission from Vlatka Herzberg.

Photo © 2014, Theodore Herzberg

Grandmother Moon and the Homeless Child Audio Clip

GrandmotherMoonfinishedcoverWhen I first wrote Grandmother Moon and the Homeless Child I wrote it for this blog. An author friend suggested I start a blog with free short stories  for families. At the time I didn’t consider that it could eventually be on an audio book.

Working with an audio book actor and producer for me is very similar to writing commercials in radio. When writing radio commercials I often had a particular announcer in mind, and character voices as well as sound effects and music, so I would add all of that information to the instructions on the script.

When you are writing a story that you know is going to be an audio book it is helpful to give the actor/producer instructions, but they also have their own knowledge and expertise that brings a story to life. Such is the case with Becky Parker Geist’s talent. I am very pleased with the way that Grandmother Moon and the Homeless Child turned out. Have a listen:

Copyright © 2014, Vlatka Herzberg, all rights reserved. You may not reproduce materials without permission from Vlatka Herzberg.

Becky Parker Geist: http://proaudiovoices.com/

Illustration by Natasha Tasiyana Kolida: http://www.tasiyana.com/

Design by Andy Parker: http://andyparkerdesign.com/